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Island boys vow to impress Ben Ryan

Maciu Malo
Friday, March 07, 2014

A GROUP of budding island rugby boys will not give up their rugby dream despite missing out on this weekend's Fiji Bitter Marist 7s.

The Yasawa Dream team which was selected by national Vodafone coach Ben Ryan during the Turtle Vodafone Nacula 7s is made up of 12 cream players in Yasawa.

The side narrowly lost 10-12 to Tokatoka Westfield in last weekend's Martinitar 7s and is one of the hot favourites to win the Lomavata 7s at Lautoka's Churchill Park tomorrow.

Team manager Manasa Takala said the boys' dream to impress Ryan for a spot in the national 7s team might be dashed this weekend but the boys were committed to fulfilling their dreams in the future.

He said the side had been camping in Rakiraki for the past weeks and the players were eager to show their worth to Lautoka's rugby fans.

"This team is made up of all the best rugby players in Yasawa and despite not featuring in the Marist 7s, the players hope that one day their talent will be recognised for a spot in the national 7s team," said Takala.

"We were aiming to expose these players at the Marist 7s, unfortunately we have missed out.

"But the boys remain united and they will do their best to win the Lomavata 7s this weekend."

Meanwhile, rugby fans in the West will also have the opportunity to witness Fijian flair at the Lomavata 7s.

Tournament organiser Joji Tuivaga said 32 teams had indicated interest to feature at the competition.

"While the focus will be in Suva, West rugby fans will also have the opportunity to watch top 7s actions in Lautoka," he said.

"Top teams such as Natabua, Tale Babas, Vuda, Western Suburbs and Mala Young Boys are some of the hit favourites to win the $2000 main prizemoney."


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